Your journey with Plains of Africa Safaris to this special country, begins at the very heart of Africa, The Victoria Falls and if you so inclined a stay at one of “The Worlds Leading Hotels”,The Victoria Falls Hotel, the address of choice for more than a century for royal families, statesmen, celebritites and the discerning traveller.
There are a variety of very special lodges and hotels within the Falls region that suite your individual budget and safari experience to name a few; Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls Lodge, Gorges Lodge and Pioneer Safari Camp. Further along the river towards Kazungula is Imbabala – an excellent spot for birding.
Explore Africa’s fourth longest river, the mighty Zambezi along the shores of Lake Kariba, staying at the Bumi Hills or for a more rustic experience, Musango Camp and for those even more into wilderness, Rhino Island Camp. Your journey does not stop here further along towards the middle and Lower Zambezi River is Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site and region of great beauty. Camps in this region are rustic and the general overall experience here is one of exclusivity and pure untouched wilderness.
There are several World heritage sites within Zimbabwe all worth visiting including Matapos National Park. Accommodation options in Matopas are varied including Big Cave Camp – A Classic Safari Camp of Africa and for those wishing to be off the beaten track there is Shuma Shaba – a remote exclusive experience set in among the large granite gomos/gwalas of this remarkable region. An area filled with history, ancient relics, endangered species and important breeding site for eagles.
Let us take you on a safari of a lifetime experience and witness the unforgettable sight of hundreds of elephant around a waterhole from one of the “Classic Safari Camps of Africa”, The Hide Safari Camp, situated in the HwangeNational Park.
A safari to Zimbabwe is of excellent standard and attention to detail. Professional guides, amazing visitas and wildlife, Zimbabwe is a place that will touch your heart. The people are friendly and they truly care about the visitors to their country. This is a country that must be on your “Bucket List”!
Zimbabwe’s climate is considered to be pleasant allowing one to visit at any time of the year. The rains start at the beginning of November through to April. October tends to be the hottest month particularly in the lower areas of the ZambeziValley. The dry months are from May to October. Cool periods experienced around June/July.
Where to go?
Victoria Falls National Park – one of the “Natural Wonder’s of the World”.
Mana Pools National Park – famous for walking and canoeing among the big game along the Zambezi River.
Hwange National Park – one of the largest National Parks in Africa with magnificent wildlife.
Matobas National Park – explore the ancient granite rock boulders, San rock art, Matablele culture (an off shoot of Shaka Zulu’s clans) interesting flora and fauna, black eagles, leopard, rhino and exceptional views.
Boat Cruises – small luxury cruise fitted in exqusite period detail, explores the Upper Reaches of the Zambezi River.Cruise along the banks of the ZambeziRiver past prolific bird life, and view the big game as it comes down to drink.
Canoe Safaris – a great alternative to land based safaris.
Game Drives – These are operated in open vehicles, usually at dawn and dusk to seek out the most interesting wildlife. Night drives are also arranged in certain areas enabling visitors to glimpse the nocturnal world.
Walking Safaris – there is no better way of getting really close to nature than this. Led by experienced armed guides/rangers/trackers, walkers are able to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the bush in harmony with their surroundings.
Horseback Safaris – led by experienced rider/guides offering bird life and game viewing opportunities and exploring remote untouched areas.This is an incredible opportunity to explore the real Africa.
Culture – a wide diversity of tribal peoples with their interesting traditions and ceremonies reflect their heritage.
A wide variety of mammals with more than 100 species to be found within certain National Parks. Further reading refer to the field guide to African mammals by JonathanKingdom and The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals by Estes.
More than 600 species. Hotspots to find them are:- Kazungula, Zambezi Valley, Kalahari Sands, Miombo Woodlands etc. Visit www.birdlife.org.zw